Name: Supa Nova Slom The Hip Hop Medicine Man
What is your job?
I am an author, activist, artist, and motivational speaker.
What social causes are most important to you?
The primary cause for me is promoting holistic health and wellness on all levels of being from the personal physical/mental level to the overall health and wellness of our neighborhoods by helping to cease gang violence by organizing them around community issues.
What charities do you support – and how?
I support several causes and initiatives whether it be through my direct community organizing with my own organization Unify the Hood, Heal the Hood or by performing at benefits for numerous other organizations that promote social justice and wellness. I do not limit myself to just one or a couple of charities or organizations because there are so many problems plaguing our communities and so many great organizations combating them in different but all necessary ways.
Why do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie?
My organization Unify the Hood Heal the Hood is very dear to me because it has worked directly with hundreds of street tribe members from various street organizations to unify and organize around community issues while most people only spend time criticizing and outcasting this population of our young people who are actually full of leadership skills and zealousness. Everyone wants to stop the “gang problem” but very few want to engage these young people to explore what their positive attributes are or even to research and learn about the positive political foundations of many of these street tribes. Unify the Hood Heal the Hood taps in on all these levels: the historical, the political, the cultural, and also provides artistic outlets through open mics.
Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved?
I could give a list of ways that people could do specific things but my cause may not be their cause. There may be another pressing issue that is affecting their community and needs to be addressed immediately so instead I strongly urge people to start doing something about the things that affect them, their community, and those around them. The next time they find themselves shaking their head about something they read or hear about I want them to do something about it and don’t make it a one time thing or just be concerned while it is in the news. I want them to check back on that thing and do something when that issue is no longer in the news. Basically I’m urging people to create the change they want to see in the world
Have you done a song about this topic, or dedicated a song to a charity?
All of my music promotes my beliefs but two songs in particular would be “Purify or Die” which talks about the diseases that are killing the African American and Latino communities at alarming rates and the need to take charge of your life and make a change to heal yourself. The second song would be “G’s Up Salute” with Jadakiss and The Game which promotes the Unify the Hood Heal the Hood mission.